Guainia and Vichada

Rio Guaviare near Puerto IniridaOn the far east of Colombia, just separated from Venezuela by a large river, lies one of the least visited regions of Colombia : Guainía and Vichada.

Going there is a bit like going back to the time of the great explorers of the South American continent with opportunities to set foot in barely visited areas, watch unique fauna and learn about the local culture. It's just like travelling again!

Los Cerros de MavecureThere are endless attractions there (the area is larger than Greece) but the main destinations are : Los Cerros de Mavecure, North of Puerto Inirida and the PNN El Tuparro with the Raudales de Maipures in Vichada.
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Sunset over the Inirida RiverThe place is surreal: wild plains looking like the South African savanah, giant rock monoliths out of Thailandese landscapes, an amazonian forest so dense you can hardly penetrate. But more than anything: water, water, loads of water... Many rivers: el Guainía, el Guaviare, el Atabapo, el Inírida, el Tomo, el Isana, el Curarí and their afluents of all colors (black, blue, coffee, red…) clashing into each other, creating wild currents and tumultuous torrents.

Activities include swimming in warm waters and relaxing on perfectly white sandy beaches emerging from the banks of the rivers. But of course treking or hiking are the main course here with opportuntities to watch incredible fauna and flora including river dolphins, caimans, turtles, the fascinating flowers of Inírida. If you are very lucky you might even see pumas or a butterfly tiger.

Kids near Cerros de MavecureThere are several more or less secluded indigenous tribes in Guainía including the communities of El Coco and El Remanso. In El Remanso, the village to get to los Cerros de Mavecure, you will be in touch with the indigeneous Puinave. Please respect them and their living environment and limit your interactions with them if you are not an anthropologist! Communities in Vichada inlcude the Guaibos and the Cuibas.

=> Guainia and Vichada have a tropical climate with temperatures 27°C all year round. The region is safe to travel to but it's far and relatively expensive to get there but that the efforts to get there are so worth it. Accommodation especially during treks consists of camping or sleeping in hammocks.
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Main Sites to visit :
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Balancing Rock, el Raudal de MaipuresIn Guainía: El Raudal de Sapuara, Los Cerros de Mavecure, la Estrella Fluvial del Sur, La Reserva Natural Puinawai, La Laguna de Brujas, El Lago Matevení, El Lago Pavón y Payara, the Raudal Alto and Cano Mina.

In Vichada, most sights are located in the PNN Tuparro : Raudales de MaipuresEl Cementerio Indígena de los Maipures, La Laguna Azul, El Cerro Peinillas, Los Ríos Tomo, Tuparrito y Tuparro, La Isla Pedro Camejo.

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Photos of Guainía and Vichada:
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